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Tech News Today 142: We're Bringing Stylus Back

by TWiT

Published December 21, 2010


HP's WebOS tablet strategy, Microsoft's new Windows goes after iPad, and crazy FilmON guy rants against CBS.


Run time 47:36
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

Credits

Tom Merritt
Becky Worley
Patrick Beja
Jason Howell

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Top Stories

It's here: FCC adopts net neutrality (lite)
-Why everyone hates new net neutrality rules—even NN supporters
-FCC Pushes Through Net Neutrality—And Draws Fire From Right And Left
-The formal order has not been released yet, because the FCC needs to incorporate responses to dissenting commissioners into the order. FCC officials said it could take a few days before the order is made public.

Three HP Slate-like webOS tablets coming at CES? We're not so sure.
-EXCLUSIVE: iPad Competitor Coming Soon From Palm

Microsoft Is Said to Announce Version of Windows for ARM Chips
-Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date
-Microsoft on Windows Phone 7: "We're in it for the long run"
-IDC: Windows Phone 7 marketplace ramping up “faster than Android”

Other Stories

Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone to be called 'Xperia Play'?
-EXCLUSIVE: PlayStation phone to hit shops in April

Roku CEO: Sales Doubled When Apple TV Launched
-Apple TV to hit one million sales this week

The End Of Hulu As We Know It (And Comcast Feels Fine)
-Hulu Mulls More Pay Plans, Not an IPO
-No Hulu Plus for Your Cable DVR
-Forget getting Netflix or Hulu Plus on TiVo-made cable DVRs

FilmOn To CBS: ‘We’ll Fight You Hypocritical, Thieving Liars’

News Fuse

Apple banned the $1.99 Wikileaks app from its app store Tuesday, only 10 days after approving it on Dec. 11. The app provided real-time updates from the official WikiLeaks Twitter account and access to Leaked documents, was available for download as of Dec. 17. We still don't know why the app was pulled.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the abrupt departure of Mark Hurd from Hewlett-Packard Co. earlier this year and whether it was related to an alleged leak of the company’s massive acquisition of EDS.The leak was allegedly made to Jodie Fisher, a former contractor for H-P who later accused Hurd of sexual harassment.

The fallout from a patent dispute between Kodak and web photo site Shutterfly could embroil many online image sites, says patent experts. Kodak claims it owns patents regarding the display of online images that is being infringed by Shutterfly. The landmark case could have ramifications for other popular online photo sites such as Yahoo's Flickr and Google's Picassa. The patents cover images that are stored centrally and can be ordered online.

Kinect for Xbox 360 recognizes your arm and leg movements, so why not your finger gestures? Insiders atmicrosoft claim to be working hard on increasing the amount of data the controller's camera can transmit to the console . If they quadruple the level of detail in your movement, they imagine finger recognition for games like guitar hero or more responsive tickling for your kinectimal, and imagine how gestures could be used in a something like grand theft auto?

Google security engineer Nick Kralevich highlighted the relative openness of Google's new Nexus S smartphone, confirming that it provides a simple and easy way to unlock the bootloader for the purpose of installing third-party firmware. Kralevich argues that the carriers should follow Google's lead and give users legitimate unlock methods and if they don't consumer should demand them.

The makers of Silverlight are helping pave the way for better HTML 5 coding. Microsoft is launching a 'Lab' for emerging HTML5 specs. The site will include demo code for two cutting-edge HTML5 technologies that aren't quite finished: Web Sockets and IndexedDB. Microsoft plans to keep code updated as each one progresses on its way to becoming a stable part of the standard.

While Microsoft tinkers with HTML 5, Apple's got a new tool to make it easy for developers looking to create ads for iAd, the company's mobile-ad platform. The new iAd Producer is designed to help developers create, test, and launch mobile-ad campaigns to run under iAd. Freely available to any paid member of Apple's iOS Developer Program, iAd Producer runs under Mac OS X

You know the thing that sucks about watching 3d TV? wearing 3d glasses in your own home- sorry it's just weird. so hold tight- Toshiba says they plan to unveil glasses free 3dtvs at CES that will be available for purchase by April. Despite the fact many analysts say autostereoscopic, (aka glasses free TV technology is still several years from being market-ready for TVs, I for one welcome the initiative.

Kickers and Weird Science

BBC comedians ridicule tech naming schemes, make us laugh along the way (video)

Calendar

Nintendo To Reveal 3DS Details On January 19 Japan gets the Nintendo 3DS on February 26. Will North America be too far behind? Best guesses are placing the 3DS for a mid-March release in the States.

Minecraft enters beta, raises price to €14.95

U.S. Regulators Approve Intel’s Perplexing Acquisition of McAfee

Facebook hacker cup is open for registration- 1st prize $5000


Email

"You might be interested to know that Dvorak and Curry's blogs are blocked at NASA in addition to the ones your caller listed. - Braden"


"This is fascinating.

""This is why the Kindle crashes. Once a bit of paint has rubbed off the hooks, power starts flowing through the cover, leading to brownouts; the CPU does not get enough juice to operate properly and ends out either hung or rebooting!""

http://connectify.blogspot.com/2010/12/why-leather-cover-crashes-kindle-3.html


Thank you, Troy Peterson"


"Hi there TNT crew!

I wanted to tell you a couple of tidbits I was recently told by a friend of mine who works close to the team developing the upcoming Playstation phone. I have no way, whatsoever, to prove to you that these are facts, but as god is my witness, this is what he told me.

He showed the phone to me, and this is more or less what it looked like: http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/21/sony-ericsson-ceo-suggests-february-reveal-perhaps-the-playstat/

His, however, was a prototype as far as the design goes, meaning the physical layout might turn out be different. However, it will

be equipped with a 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm processor, a platform that is yet to be released.
It will be available Q1, and - this is what surprised me the most -
it will NOT carry the Playstation name. Apparently it is too costly for Sony Ericsson, and Sony doesn't want to give the name up for free.

It looked cool, and I really like the touchpad in the middle, acting as analog sticks. I'm sure it's a killer device.

Love the show, guys!"

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